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15 September, 2014

NFU takes to social media to expose foreign lamb retailing

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is encouraging producers to take to social media to bring retailers who are promoting out-of-season foreign lamb into light.

Asda is hoping to shake up the roasting category with the launch of an innovative new product range that aims to introduce further convenience to the roast dinner.

A Liberal Democratic MP has held a debate in the main chamber after the release of the Elliott Review last week, concluding the government must ensure consumer confidence in the food supply chain is a priority.

The British food and drink industry has estimated that it needs 170,000 new recruits by 2020 to meet demand.

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Research carried out by Deakin University, Australia, said that eating red meat three to four times a week could be key to keeping body and mind in peak condition as we age.

Butchers could benefit from a “bumper” Carvery point-of-sale (POS) kit for autumn, which has been created by Eblex.

Representatives from the British sheep industry are visiting China to explore possible export opportunities to the country.

A US pig producer will speak at Bpex’s seminars on the prevention of exotic diseases to highlight the devastation caused by the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv).

The National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) has called on the government’s Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) to investigate the Scottish chicken market after the recent termination of a number of producers’ contracts.

The RSPCA’s animal welfare assurance scheme, Freedom Food, has announced it will rebrand to ‘RSPCA Assured’ in response to consumer research.

Morrisons sees drop in LFLs

11 September, 2014

Morrisons has claimed “conditions are tough” as it released its half-year results, showing a 7.4% fall in like-for-like sales.

Most UK Muslims are buying sheep for the annual Islamic Qurbani ritual sacrifice overseas, and the UK is missing out on a big opportunity, according to a halal meat expert.

The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) has told the food industry to “expect the unexpected” after the publishing of the Elliott review last week.

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Latest Blogs - Chewing the Fat

A shot in the foot?

29 August, 2014

norman bagleyWell, well, how to misjudge the public mood! Unison, having spent weeks scaremongering the public about threats to public health by those awful abattoirs who would knowingly ignore oceans of contamination on carcases now look as if they have shot themselves and their members slap bang in the foot.

The future’s bright

12 August, 2014

Danny LidgateIt is a commonly discussed subject; the average age of a UK butcher seems to be between 50 and 60. I wonder what the average age would have been in 1950 after the war?

Latest International News

UK levy body ponders benefit of China lamb deal

September 15, 2014 05:18:59 AM

It may still be years away, but UK beef and lamb levy body Eblex has said gaining access to the Chinese market for its lamb would be a "game-changer", with potential returns likely to be in the tens of millions per year.

Nathan Burggraaf and Joey Baan from Holland have been named overall winners of the International Young Butcher Competition in Switzerland this month.

Pork associations join forces on TPP tariff issue

September 15, 2014 05:31:50 AM

Associations representing hog farmers in Australia, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Peru and the USA have joined forces to push for the elimination of tariffs on pork.

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